Updated: January 5, 2022 10:38:58 am
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Tuesday gave away harvest festival ‘Pongal’ gift hampers, comprising 20 items including a full piece of sugarcane, to beneficiaries marking the roll out of its state-wide distribution to over 2 crore families at an estimated cost of Rs 1,296.88 crore.
Stalin presented the gift, packed in a cloth bag, to 10 beneficiary families at the Secretariat while the government said tokens specifying date and time is being distributed to ration card holders for collecting the Pongal gift from ration shops.
The move is to avoid people congregating at the same time at fair price shops to receive the festival hamper, an official release said and appealed to people to follow COVID appropriate behaviour while visiting the Public Distribution System outlets.
நாமெல்லாம் ஓரினம் – தமிழினம் என்கிற உயரிய சமத்துவ எண்ணம் மிளிர உழவுக்கும் அதற்குத் துணைநிற்கும் கதிரவனுக்கும் கால்நடைகளுக்கும் வணக்கம் செலுத்திடும் தமிழர் திருநாளாம் பொங்கலைத் தமிழக மக்கள் மகிழ்வுடன் கொண்டாடச் சிறப்புப் பரிசுத் தொகுப்பு வழங்குவதைத் தொடங்கி வைத்தேன். pic.twitter.com/FmjXmssWYD
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) January 4, 2022
‘Pongal,’ hailed as ‘Tamizhar Thirunal’ (Festival of the Tamil people) falls on January 14 and a total of 2,15,67,122 ‘rice’ category ration card holders and Sri Lankan Tamils living in camps in the state are eligible to get the gift hampers.
Raw rice, jaggery, cashew, resin, cardamom, moong dhal, ghee, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander, mustard, cumin, pepper, tamarind, Bengal gram, urad dhal, rava, wheat flour, salt are the 19 essential commodities packed in the cloth bag in addition to sugarcane.
Cooperation Minister I Periyasamy, Food Minister R Sakkarapani, Health Minister Ma Subramanian, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister P K Sekar Babu, Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu and senior officials participated in the festival hamper distribution event.
On November 17, 2021, Stalin had announced the gift hamper scheme.
Similar gift hampers were distributed during the previous AIADMK regime as well for Pongal.
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